Filed under Urban Renewal

Manhattan’s Low Line Gathers Momentum

Manhattan’s Low Line Gathers Momentum

New York’s Lower East Side may soon be home to The Low Line  – yes you guessed it and underground version of The highly successful High Line and a great way to utilise disused rail tracks. Sitting beneath Delancey Street & Essex Street subways there’s approximately 2 acres of abandoned trolley terminal that has not … Continue reading

Competition for London’s Very Own High Line

Competition for London’s Very Own High Line

Not to be outdone by the Big Apple, London’s mayor, Boris Johnson finally sees sense and throws down the gauntlet for a High Line for London. The competition run in conjunction with the Landscape Institute and Garden Museum is a call to extend the capital’s green infrastructure which could also involve transport links and can … Continue reading

Reclaim your City with Seedbombs!!

Reclaim your City with Seedbombs!!

US alternative design company Greenaid have been marketing their urban ecology solutions, Seedbombs via vending machines placed in forward thinking retail establishments in the States. They have just started to make their way across the Atlantic and so far there is just one in the UK located in London’s Selfridges. The seedbombs are made from … Continue reading

How does your garden grow?

How does your garden grow?

I’ve just stumbled across the most amazing bijou artworks from The Pothole Gardener, artist, Steve Wheen. He takes guerilla gardening to a different level with these beautiful installations. He recently exhibited at the Chelsea Fringe, or more accurately, the Eastern Fringe which was Hackney’s very own version and hopefully will do so again next year. … Continue reading

Green Occupation in Beirut

Green Occupation in Beirut

The World Health Organisation recommends 12 square metres of green space per capita. Beirut has less than one, which prompted locals to spend Saturday in whatever little bit of green they can find (or create) in protest to the continued closure of their local park, Horsh Beirut. Closed over twenty years ago, they were promised … Continue reading

Another High Line for NYC

Another High Line for NYC

This time it’s New Jersey who are looking to re-use a derelict site. The old Pennsylvania Rail Road that ran down to the Hudson Waterfront could be a new outstanding elevated park at the Harsimus Stem Embankment section.It’s been caught up in legal battles for the past 13 years, but The Embankment Preservation Coalition are … Continue reading

Urban Food Jungles

Urban Food Jungles

Further to last week’s post on Plantascrapers, more and more companies are responding to the planet’s dwindling resources and devising ways in which we can increase urban food production. Whilst AECOM did not win the Chicago Navy Pier Rejuvenation project which instead went to James Corner’s Field Operations, this did enable them to develop their Urban … Continue reading

Plant-In City

Plant-In City

I’ve always loved terrariums, or rather the potential of them, but was always disappointed at the scale, which seemed a real limitation, especially to landscape architects and garden designers. However, designers, HB Collaborative, headed up by Huy Bui together with Med 44 a media architecture company, both based in NYC wanted to create a real green … Continue reading

Plantascrapers – Our Edible Future

Plantascrapers – Our Edible Future

Linkoping, Sweden will be the first city to house a vertical greenhouse, some 17 storeys high, sufficient to grow enough fruit and vegetables to feed the city. Scheduled to be up and running by the end of 2013, this seemingly obviously innovation has been devised by Swedish company, Plantagon as a response to the United Nations prediction that by 2050, … Continue reading

A Fresh take on Willow Sculpture

A Fresh take on Willow Sculpture

Finnish artist, Jaakko Pernu has been working in willow for some years, creating the most amazing sculptures. A childhood spent helping his father build boats put him in good stead for his future bending wood for more creative purposes.   He says of his evocative pieces, “My theme is the influence of humans on nature … Continue reading